The Bruins Get Back in the Win Column in 2-1 Overtime Victory
Boston, MA– The Boston Bruins faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets last week and were thrashed by a score of 7-4, but last night, the Bruins hosted the Blue Jackets for a rematch and things didn't go so well for Columbus as Boston finally found their way back in the win column after a three game skid.
On the eve of St. Patrick's Day, one of Boston's favorite holidays, the Bruins decided to host someone who may be their lucky charm, as their victory over Columbus was preceded by a pregame puck drop courtesy of Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor, who fired up the Boston crowd and got the TD Garden into a frenzy as the Bruins charged into battle versus the Blue Jackets.
The Bruins performed incredibly well during the game and showed their mental fortitude and ability to rebound from bad losses with quality team wins. With Jaroslav Halak in goal, Boston was dominant on defense as he allowed just one goal while saving 24 shots from the Blue Jackets. The only goal allowed by Halak came late in the first period from Matt Duchene, one of Columbus' bast players, tying the score at 1-1. Boston's goal prior to this came courtesy of Patrice Bergeron on a power play. It was assisted by Brad Marchand and David Krejci and was good for Bergeron's twenty-seventh score of the season.
With a scoreless second and third period, the Bruins advanced to overtime as they were aggressively trying to avoid a fourth consecutive loss after their nineteen point unbeaten streak. It didn't take long to finish Columbus off as three and a half minutes had passed in overtime when Bergeron assisted Marchand for a clutch overtime victory goal. Good for Marchand's thirty-first of the season, he gave Boston the 2-1 victory and celebrated by recreating McGregor's signature dance.
It was a big win for Boston over the 40-28-4 Blue Jackets, as the Bruins now improve to 43-20-9 and 95 points, as well as a stranglehold over second place in the Eastern Conference. With just ten games left in the season, Boston will next be in action on Tuesday against the New York Islanders.